Rock legend Joan Jett plans to query SeaWorld’s ongoing apply of breeding marine mammals within the parks throughout the firm’s annual basic assembly right now. At the digital meet-up, Jett plans to disparage the park’s continued breeding of dolphins and beluga whales on behalf of the animal rights group PETA.
Jett’s query to the manager group of theme park chain was shared forward of the occasion. It pains a destructive picture of this system earlier than calling on SeaWorld to finish the apply.
“SeaWorld has caused public outrage by continuing to forcibly breed bottlenose dolphins and beluga whales in order to create generations of animals who then suffer in cramped tanks, deprived of any semblance of a natural life. In the park’s breeding program, unwilling female dolphins are taken from the water and sometimes even drugged so they can’t fight back while SeaWorld staff thrust tubes filled with semen into their uteruses,” Jett will say. “We can all agree that sexually abusing dolphins and whales who must carry out their forced pregnancies is disrespectful to these forms of intelligent life, heedless of these wonderful animals’ rights, and just plain wrong. My question is this: When will SeaWorld end its sordid breeding program?”
SeaWorld ended its breeding of orcas in 2016 amidst public outcry over its well-known whale exhibits. An op-ed from the then-CEO Joel Manby of the parks famous that attitudes towards killer whales had modified within the US, partially due to the academic work carried out by parks like SeaWorld. As the remaining orcas have been born in captivity and confronted little probability of survival within the wild, the park opted to maintain its remaining whales somewhat than launch them.
In that very same op-ed, Manby provided a response to wider criticism of breeding applications. He mentioned that such applications could be needed to handle inhabitants decline because the local weather modifications.
“In this impending crisis, the real enemies of wildlife are poaching, pollution, unsustainable human development and man-made disasters such as oil spills — not zoos and aquariums,” he wrote. “Governments cannot address this crisis alone. We need concerned individuals to take action, as well as nongovernmental organizations. And, yes, the private sector also has to join in addressing this problem.”